Superhero Skip Counting with Paper Bag Books


Make a simple paper bag book to help your child learn skip counting in a hands-on way the super hero way! This math activity is great for kids learning the basics of skip counting playfully. Use this skip counting paper bag book at home or in the classroom.

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Let’s play with skip counting today!

Make a Skip Counting Paper Bag Book

I just recently got introduced to paper bag books and I LOVE them!

Last month my son and I created a pirate paper bag book to teach him about story elements.

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Let’s make a paper bag book to learn skip counting!

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This week I decided to take my son’s newest obsession (superheroes) and use them as we create a simple story that taught him about number sentences and skip counting by fives.

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This is what you will need to make a paper bag book.

Materials Needed

  • superhero stickers
  • cardstock
  • several paper bags (we used 4-5)
  • stapler
  • markers
  • tape
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Let’s make a skip counting paper bag book!

Directions for creating a superhero  book

  1. Fold each paper bag in half and then layer them on top of one another in a pile.
  2. Staple the edges together to create a binding.
  3. Grab your markers, cardstock (cut to size), and stickers and create a cover for your book.
  4. Begin writing your superhero number story (or any themed story). Make sure that each page describes a number sentence as part of the story. (see example below)
  5. Write the number sentence after each section of the story is written.
  6. Write the answer to the number sentence on a piece of cardstock and use stickers to portray the answer.
  7. Stick the answer card into the correct little pockets as you complete them to make sure they match the number sentence.

**Please ignore my spelling mistake of writing superheros instead of superheroes! Ugh! This was a great teaching moment, right? It is always good for kids to see that parents can make mistakes too!

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The math play is endless…

Our Experience with Paper Bag Skip Counting Book

Once our book was finished, we read it again and again. My son’s story was a skip counting by five book… so the story started with five superheroes who tried to save the day, but they couldn’t, so five more superheroes arrived.

  • Our first number sentence was 5+5=. Once my son figured out the solution, we created a cardstock sheet with the 10 stickers on it (and the number 10).
  • The story continues with lots of challenges for the superheroes, so five more come to help. 5+5+5=… and so he made a card with 15 stickers on it.
  • The last number sentence was 5+5+5+5= and then we solved the problem and 20 superheroes were able to save the day! Hurray!

One of the main reasons I like creating these homemade books with my son is because they require dedicated time where we need to be alone together without any distractions. My son loves all the attention he gets and I love the time we have to connect together! I’m sure you could do this project with younger siblings running around, but you’ll need to make sure to have some good alternative project options for them. I prefer to do projects like these when my daughter is napping.

One we were done writing our story we practiced sequencing our skip counting cards in order and singing a basic ‘count by 5s’ skip counting chant that I used when I was a teacher. Then we drove through the numbers in order- again and again. It was totally fun! If any of you have good skip counting songs in your repertoire, pass them along! I’m not a huge fan of my chant!

Lastly, we talked about why skip counting is helpful and chatted briefly about how you could use skip counting by five to help you count nickels. My son is very interested in money, so this was information he was excited about! 🙂


Do you have any other activities you like to do to teach kids about number sentences and skip counting?


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